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Admissions Scholarships

Scholarships offered by the Office of Admissions are typically awarded at the time of your acceptance as a first-year student. All accepted students are automatically considered for a scholarship. The scholarship criteria can vary from year-to-year depending on the academic profile of the incoming class and the funds that are available. Scholarships are very competitive and awarded based on academic merit (combination of academic weighted grade point average AND test scores). Students who are awarded a scholarship have typically earned no grades below B. Scholarship funds are limited, so students are encouraged to apply for admission by December 1. Typically, students will only receive one merit scholarship from the Office of Admissions but may be eligible for additional financial assistance by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Florida Resident

This prestigious scholarship is available to National Merit Finalists graduating with a standard high school diploma and who are awarded a National Merit, Corporate National Merit, or College-sponsored National Merit Scholarship. If you are a National Merit Finalist, you must list FSU as your first-choice institution by May 1.

The total amount of this award equals the institutional cost of attendance, minus the sum of Bright Futures and the National Merit Scholarship, for a total value of over $66,000. This scholarship guarantees admission into FSU's distinguished Honors Program once National Merit Finalist standing has been confirmed. In addition, all National Merit Finalists who apply to the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), which connects high-achieving students with distinguished research mentors to work as research assistants, will be guaranteed admission to UROP.

Out-of-State Resident

Florida State University's Out-of-State National Merit Award scholarship package has a total value of approximately $71,776 distributed across four years. It includes a 100 percent out-of-state tuition waiver, a $12,000 Vires scholarship, and a $2000 NMSC stipend (if college sponsored). This scholarship guarantees admission into FSU's distinguished Honors Program once National Merit Finalist standing has been confirmed. In addition, all National Merit Finalists who apply to the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP), which connects high-achieving students with distinguished research mentors to work as research assistants, will be guaranteed admission to UROP.

For more information, please visit our renewal requirements page.

Other Funding Opportunities

To ensure the greatest likelihood of receiving financial support to attend Florida State University, you should apply early for admission and financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid awards assistance each year to eligible students in the form of scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans. Additionally, Florida State has resources that can help you find private sources of aid to attend college. In order to apply for need-based financial aid, applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate academic year. To begin researching scholarships, you might start in your own school or community library or with your guidance counselor at your present school. Check out local civic organizations and businesses to see if they currently offer any scholarships. Beyond the local level, you can search through several Internet scholarship search programs.

Below are other avenues to consider when researching scholarship opportunities at Florida State University.

Florida State University's campus-wide and centralized award management system for FSU Foundation scholarships. Students can view available scholarships for which they are eligible, apply for scholarships, and view and accept scholarship offers.
Renewable scholarships for entering first-year and returning students who have a distinguished record of community involvement and a desire to continue to learn through service. Refer to the Center for Leadership and Social Change website for more information.

In 2021, the Florida Legislature amended Section 1009.26, Florida Statutes, to create the Grandparent Waiver. Out-of-state first-year students admitted for the summer or fall semester 2022 whose grandparent(s) currently reside in Florida, may be eligible for a tuition and fee waiver of the out-of-state tuition costs up to 110% of total degree hours. Florida State University has been allocated a limited amount of Grandparent Waivers for the 2022-2023 incoming first-year class. Eligible recipients will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the date the student submitted all necessary documentation. The awards are renewable until graduation with continuous full-time enrollment.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • The student must have a grandparent who has a legal relationship to the student's parent as the natural parent, adopted parent, or legal guardian of the student's parent.
  • The grandparent must be a legal resident of Florida as defined in Florida Statue Section 1009.21.
  • Apply as a first-year student to be a full-time undergraduate student for the summer or fall term immediately following high school graduation.
  • Have an SAT score or ACT composite score no lower than the 89th national percentile.

Upon submitting the Grandparent Waiver Request Form, the following documentation will be requested via your Application Status Check:

  • Complete the Grandparent Waiver Verification Form to show the grandparent is a legal resident of Florida.
  • Documentation evidencing student has met the minimum test score requirement. (Official or self-reported test scores).
Your request cannot be processed until everything has been received.

Grandparent Waiver Request Form

Summer/Fall 2022 Summer/Fall 2023

Policies for the Grandparent Waiver are maintained by the Board of Governors of the State University System.

The Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program for Florida residents is the umbrella program for all state-funded scholarships based on academic achievement in high school. Applications and information regarding eligibility and renewal criteria for the various programs can be obtained from any Florida high school guidance office or by contacting the Florida Department of Education at 888.827.2004.

Frequently Asked Questions

All students who submit a complete application by the priority deadline are automatically considered for our merit scholarships.

No additional steps or materials are needed. The minimum criteria for scholarship awards vary each year depending on the academic profile of the applicant pool.

The number of scholarships awarded depends on the funding made available each year.

Admitted international freshman are automatically considered for our out-of-state tuition waiver scholarship. International students are also encouraged to review information on other funding resources at the Center for Global Engagement.

Students are notified of a scholarship offer at the time their admission decision is made available on the application status check portal.

No. FSU does not send notification to students who did not receive one of our merit-based scholarships. If no indication of an award is visible on your application status check portal, then we are not able to offer you an award.

FSU typically does not engage in scholarship matching.

Only students admitted into the FSU Gap Year Program are eligible for scholarship deferral. All other students must reapply, and they will be evaluated for scholarship eligibility the semester they return.

Students do not need to contact the FSU Office of Admissions to accept their scholarship award. After completing next steps to secure a place in our first-year class, students will be able to accept their scholarship award along with the rest of their financial aid award.

Please see the FSU Financial Aid Calendar and the Accept/Decline Award Tutorial Video for detailed information.

National Merit finalist who list FSU as their first-choice institution with the NMSC by May 1 of their senior year are eligible to receive an annual college-sponsored award.

National Merit Finalists are also eligible for either the Benacquisto Scholarship or a university-sponsored award. Please visit our scholarships page for more information.

The Florida Prepaid Plan qualifies a student as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. If you are receiving Florida Prepaid, you are not eligible for an out-of-state tuition waiver. Instead, we update your scholarship to reflect the in-state Vires scholarship. Your records will be updated as soon as you submit your Florida prepaid documentation.

You must apply for Bright Futures during your senior year, so please contact your school, visit our Bright Futures webpage, or contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at the Florida Department of Education if you have any questions.

In the event you have Florida Prepaid and Bright Futures, Florida Prepaid will be applied to the tuition cost first. Then, any other funds awarded (scholarship, grants, loans) will be applied to your account balance, followed by the Bright Futures awards. Students can opt to have excess funds refunded to them via direct deposit with FSU Student Business Services.

No. Scholarship funds are not made available until right before the start of the semester. You will need to submit the deposit as well as register and pay for your new student orientation by the published deadlines.

Information on transfer scholarships can be found on our transfer finances page. We also encourage transfer students to review funding resources provided by the FSU Office of Financial Aid and review the FS4U scholarship database.